The actor mirrored his character in several ways: both were recovering alcoholics and both, Spencer once said, were driven.
“Like Leo, I’ve always been a workaholic, too,” he told The Associated Press in a 2000 interview. “Through good times and bad, acting has been my escape, my joy, my nourishment. The drug for me, even better than alcohol, was acting.”
I’m not much of a TV watcher, so I’ve never seen The West Wing, but I know there are tons of people throughout the blogosphere who love it, so I thought it was worth mentioning. Being more of a movie person myself, I remember him best from Forget Paris, playing Billy Crystal?s odious chauvinist pal who referred to his wives as the first and second ?Mrs. Jack,? and Presumed Innocent, playing a cop who remains loyal to Harrison Ford.